New information concerning the progress of the perennially delayed, we’re-tired-of-making-jokes-about-it sequel, Ghostbusters 3, has emerged – and this time, it comes from someone other than Dan Aykroyd :-P.

Production Weekly has tweeted that Sony Pictures is planning to put the third Ghostbusters flick into production by May 2011, though we recommend you take this claim with a HUGE dose of salt since we’ve heard rumors of this ilk in connection to the supernatural comedy threequel for years now.

Could Ghostbusters 3 actually be on its way this time? Bill Murray donned a proton pack and appeared in character as Peter Venkman at the 2010 Scream Awards, which could mean the actor is at last onboard for the project (or that he’s just humoring us some more). Aykroyd talked about Ghostbusters 3 recently and indicated that he is rewriting the most recent draft of the screenplay – though we heard soon afterwards that this was not the case and that Sony was waiting for Murray to approve the script so that pre-production could get going in 2011, with a 2012 release date in mind.

The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnisky are responsible for the Ghostbusters 3 screenplay in its current form, but their involvement in last year’s poorly-received comedy, Year One – which was helmed by Egon Spengler (a.k.a. Harold Ramis) himself – is reason enough to be concerned about the potential quality of the third Ghostbusters.

Moviegoers are still interested in seeing another Ghostbusters movie – even if it does involve the long-rumored storyline in which the old crew (Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, and Ernie Hudson) end up “passing the torch” to a new generation of wise-cracking ghoul catchers for future installments. Sony is certainly aware of the fact that Ghostbusters 3 has the potential to do solid business at the box office and will push hard for the project to actually happen this time around.

The original Ghostbusters is a classic and still ranks amongst the most ridiculously fun “horror” films ever made. Ghostbusters 2 was less critically and financially successful than its predecessor, but not so much that it killed the franchise. If Ghostbusters 3 does actually happen, will it obey the law of diminishing returns or rejuvenate the now 26 year-old franchise?

We’ll keep you updated on what happens with this: follow us on Twitter for the latest – @screenrant

Source: Production Weekly